Herbal teas can be your good companion at any time of the day and in any type of weather. It not only soothes but also nourishes your body and mind. Most of the herbal teas consist of many minerals and vitamins that is required for day to day activities. Herbal tea can be made from a flower, leaf, seed, root and any herb that has good medicinal qualities.

The essential oils from the herbs are retained when you make a tea in a covered vessel. If not, your home smells very good with the aroma from herb, but your tea will lose all the essential oils in it. It is important how you make the tea and how many times you consume it too.

Let us see what herbs are good to be consumed in the form of tea and how you can consume them.

Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea is delicious and also a refreshing tea with numerous health benefits. The cooling menthol flavor can boost yourself in many ways.

Fever cure

Peppermint tea can soothe your tired body when you have temperature. The properties in peppermint tea, can cool down your body from the inside and create sweat externally. It literally breaks fever.

Improves digestion

Peppermint has been traditionally used for digestive disorders since old times. It helps to push gas out of your digestive system, hence it can help you avoid gas trouble, bloating, cramps and pain, and stomach disorders.

Constipation

Consuming peppermint tea not only helps in digestion. It can also improve bowel movements. To know more about cure for constipation, click here.

Nausea and Vomiting –

The anti-spasmodic property of peppermint reduces the nausea and helps you avoid vomiting. This can also be effective for people who have motion or travel sickness.

Immunity

The anti-bacterial property in peppermint tea helps to increase your immunity naturally.

It also helps to get rid of bad breath, reduce weight, and reduce stress levels. Peppermint tea also contain traces of vitamin B, potassium, antioxidants and calcium.

Word of caution and how much to consume – Since peppermint is a powerful tea, it is advised that you consume not more than 2 cups (100 ml per cup) per day. It might cause allergic reactions on people who are allergic to menthol. If you have any irritation, it is good stop using this tea.

Mint tea

How to make this tea

  • Purchase fresh peppermint tea dust/powder/dried leaves that is available in the market
  • Add required amount of peppermint tea to boiling water (close the vessel)
  • Check if the water has the tea extract and strain the water
  • Cool it down until its warm
  • Add a spoon of honey for taste

Ginger tea

Ginger tea is in one of the best teas that can keep your body and mind in an alert state. It is best when you consume ginger tea in the morning. It literally wakes you up! It has high amount of Vitamin C, magnesium and many minerals.

Relieves nausea –

Just like peppermint tea, ginger tea can help you fight nausea. Drinking a cup of ginger tea before travelling, can help people with motion sickness.

Reduces inflammation –

The anti-inflammatory property in ginger, is the best cure to treat pain in muscles and joints. You can also apply ginger externally in inflamed joints to reduce swelling.

Helps digestion

Consumption of ginger tea after heavy or oily food can help you avoid bloating of the stomach. It also helps your body to absorb nutrition effectively from the food you eat.

Reduces cold

When you drink ginger tea when you have severe cough or cold, it can help you reduce the irritation in the throat and reduce pain. It also pushes out phlegm from your system. It is also that it clears congestion in your chest.

Increases immunity

Regular consumption of ginger tea can help you increase immunity.

Blood circulation

Amino acid in ginger helps to regulate blood flow in your body very effectively. Thus it helps you avoid cardiovascular problems.

Word of caution and how much to consume – It is advised that you consume not more than 3 cups (100ml per cup) of ginger tea per day. Drinking more amount might harm your intestines.

Ginger lemon tea

How to make this tea

  • Crush fresh ginger
  • Add it in boiling water and keep the lid closed
  • Once the water gets the ginger extract, cool it down
  • Strain the water and add honey or lemon juice for taste

Chamomile tea

Chamomile consists of an essential oil called Bisabolol, which has anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. This is what has made Chamomile noteworthy and popular. There are many number of health benefits of chamomile.

To know more details on Chamomile tea, click here.

Chamomile tea
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Red Rooibos tea

This tea has been traditionally used for many purposes. Many people love the color of this tea – red and also for the health benefits they provide. It is a type of herb from Aspalathus linearis bush plant that is found in South Africa.

The specialty of this herb is that it does not contain oxalic acid. That means, people who are suffering from kidney stones can happily consume this tea.

Powerful anti-oxidant

Rooibos contains polyphenols that are considered to have high anti-oxidant properties. It fights free radicals very effectively.

Boosts immunity

Aspalathin and nothofagin are two other vital antioxidants that rooibos tea contains, making this a great beverage to boost your immune system and protect your body against all types of diseases and conditions.

Treats insomnia –

As this herb is free from caffeine, it acts as a sedative for people who need sleep. Just a cup of rooibos tea can give you a good sleep. Click here to know more cure for insomnia.

Reduces stress and tension

Hypertension leads to high blood pressure and anxiety. The sedative and calming property of rooibos, can reduce the stress level in your body.

Bone health

Red rooibos contains high amounts of calcium, manganese and fluoride minerals that are very important for your bone health. It also reduces the chances of getting affected by arthritis, osteoporosis and joint problems.

Heart health –

Quercetin is another powerful anti-oxidant present in rooibos. It helps to reduce bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol in your body. It is also found that it avoids one from getting affected by stroke.

Reduces colic pain in infants

This herb is said to cure severe colic issues among kids and infants. The extract can be mixed with sweet milk and fed. Studies show that rooibos were initially used for curing colic pain only.

Good for diabetic patients

Rooibos contains a rare anti-oxidant that is Aspalathin that has many benefits for diabetic patients. It helps to balance blood sugar, improve insulin resistance, improve the glucose absorption by muscles, and boosts the insulin secretion from the pancreas.

Good for skin

The alpha-hydroxy acid and zinc content of red tea are very good for the skin. It can be very effective on pimples, sunburns and rashes. This tea powder can be externally applies on your skin for glowing skin. It is also said that it has anti-ageing properties in it.

Word of caution and how much to consume – rooibos is so powerful that it can interfere with treatments for various conditions, including chemotherapy for cancer patients. Also, rooibos has shown estrogenic activities in certain studies, so it might not be a good idea to use if you have a hormone-sensitive cancer like breast cancer. Finally, if you have existing kidney or liver conditions, rooibos might be more harmful than helpful. It should be used as a preventative measure for these conditions, not a cure.

It is advised that you consume only one cup (100 ml) or rooibos tea per day.

herbal tea

How to make this tea

  • Rooibos tea powder or fresh herb can be used
  • Add the powder/herb in boiling water with vessel closed
  • Switch off the flame once you see the extract in water
  • Strain the water and cool it down
  • You can add honey or lemon juice for taste

Lemon Balm tea

Lemon balm herb is also knows as Melissa. It can be grown very easily in your own garden and good news is, it can be grown in hot weather too.

Calms your mind –

Yes, it is the most wanted tea for who are stressed most of the time. Lemon balm oil is very effective to reduce stress and anxiety when used for massages.

Promotes sleep

Lemon balm tea can give a good sleep when consumed right before going to bed. This calms down your nerves and mind. This tea can be served for children too.

Skin health

Lemon balm helps you to reduce the wrinkles in skin and gives you a younger skin. This herb can be directly applied on the skin for good results.

Increases memory –

Studies show that lemon balm herb can increase memory and problem solving skills. Eugenol, a powerful anti-oxidant is present in lemon balm. This Eugenol helps to treat initial stages of Alzheimer’s. It also stimulates good thoughts.

Protects liver

This herb can protect your liver from harmful effects of toxins. It also supports the liver to function properly. Liver produces two important natural anti-oxidants in our body – glutathione and superoxide dismutase.

Protects brain cells – Lemon balm herb keeps the physical brain very safe from free radicals. Rosmarinic acid present in the herb, has shown improvements in stroke victims.

Word of caution and how much to consume – There are no known side effects by consuming this herbal tea. If you think you have any reactions that are not okay, stop consuming and consult a doctor.

You can consume 2 cups (100ml per cup) of lemon balm tea per day.

Lemon balm tea

How to make this tea

  • Use can use freshly crushes leaves from your garden or the tea powder available in the market
  • Add the powder/herb in boiling water with the vessel closed with a lid
  • Switch off the flame once you see the extract in water
  • Strain the water and cool it down
  • You can add honey for taste

Rosehip tea

Rosehip is a fruit of a rose.Rose hep or rose haw are the other names by which it is known. They are a very rich source of vitamin C. It contains 50% more vitamin C than oranges.

Diuretic –

The pectin and fruit acids in rosehips, can help to improve and cure symptoms of kidney disorders.

Laxative

Rosehip also acts a mild laxative for people who suffer from constipation. Click here to know more cure for constipation.

Boosts immunity –

The vitamin C and A, helps to boost the immunity naturally. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties in it.

Anti-inflammatory –

The anti-inflammatory property of rosehips, helps to cure open wounds and inflammations. If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, this would be an effective remedy. It also reduces pain and swelling in joints.

Powerful antioxidants –

Rosehip contains powerful anti-oxidants – carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, leucoanthocyanins and catechins. They are helpful in fighting cancer, by eradicating free radicals.

Skin health –

The astringent property of rosehip oil acts as a good skin treatment for people who have skin allergies and rashes. It helps to renew and rebuild skin cells. The Vitamin A in rosehip helps to nourish the skin and also reduces/prevents wrinkles in the skin.

Word of caution and how much to consume – Based on current research, green tea doe not have any side effect. In case if you are under medication, consult a doctor before you start using this tea. You can consume 1 cups (100 ml per cup) of this tea per day.

Do not boil rosehip in water, as it might lose its vitamin C. Do not cook the herb in aluminum pans and also do not store this herb in metal boxes.

Rosehip

How to make this tea

  • You can chew on the fruit directly for complete nutrition
  • You can use dried fruit or the fruit powder to make tea
  • Add the powder/herb to boiling water with the lid closed
  • Switch off the flame once you see the extract in water.
  • Strain the water and cool it down
  • You can add honey for taste

Green tea

Green is a very popular on among all other herbal teas. It is becoming very famous for its numerous health benefits. It is easily available in many flavors and brands in all stores. Green tea has many other benefits which it can result in after regular consumption.

To know more about green tea, click here.

Green tea

Happy and healthy tea time!!

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.